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the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water

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Release of DMSP usually indicates that tiny animals in the plankton are feeding on the algae, or a massive growth of algae--an algal bloom--has occurred, explains graduate student Jennifer DeBose, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.
Anthony Hurd, a National Trust Warden and marine specialist on the Farnes, said: "These large plankton eaters can filter the equivalent of an Olympic sized swimming pool every hour and pose no danger to people or wildlife.
California-based Planktos intends to drop tonnes of powdered iron into the Pacific in a two-year project which aims to induce the growth of plankton.
Plankton are microscopic plants that spend their lives drifting in the ocean.
But when upwelling is overly dramatic, as in recent years, the plankton brought to shallow waters sucks up too much oxygen as it decomposes, robbing the same creatures it once fed of the oxygen they need to survive.
The North Sea, where plankton is reported to have already changed dramatically, is likely to be the worst affected by climate change.
As you may have guessed from his name, Plankton is a specimen of plankton.
According to OSU, Hatfield Marine Science Center researchers in Newport have successfully directed approximately 10 percent of the energy associated with plankton decomposition into a usable power source employing the same principal as seafloor fuel cells developed in previous experiments.
It said it found 13,000 plankton per cubic centimeter at 26 places, including off the coast of Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture, which has damaged farmed fish, while another kind of plankton that killed a large number of short-necked clams in Isahaya Bay, Nagasaki Prefecture, in the summer of 2000 was detected at 23 places.
And, plankton face yet another threat from human activity.
The ministry also said in a report that quantities of ''chlorophyll a'' -- a substance in photo plankton -- in many of the 24 points surveyed in the sea were unusually high.
Seaborne plankton, the beginning of the food chain, is dying.
Plankton are tiny sea,going creatures that in unimaginable numbers form the bottom layer of the ocean food chain.
In coastal waters rich in runoff, plankton can swarm densely, a million in a drop of water.
That means they take in whatever's floating by - not only plankton and other food, but viruses, bacteria, mercury, and who-knows-what-else.